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Summer Garden at Its Peak

A look back at warmer days

Today’s photos come from Pam Bosse in Wolcott, Connecticut. These are photos from earlier in the year, when her garden was at its summer peak. So if you are having dreary November weather where you are, take a moment to look at these photos and dream of next year’s garden!

I have submitted many photos through previous years; however, I hadn’t felt confident to send in photos for this particular phase of my gardens.

This year the gardens were so beautiful from all the rainwater earlier. There is nothing like the God-given blessing of rainwater. Honestly, I can water and water and water again and never get the results that rainwater gives my gardens.

We had so many Oriental lilies that at every corner you turned, you could smell their vanilla spice. Bees and butterflies were so happy with all the flowers that thrived this year. See for yourselves. 

pale-yellow liliesThis bed is dominated by tall, pale-yellow lilies. These queens of the garden are known for their incredible fragrance, and they do best in rich, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. Here they are the star of the show but are backed up by a great diversity of other plants to make a rich, complex display.

More tall, fragrant lilies line the driveway. Shorter perennials in the front complement the tall lilies perfectly.

Blue balloon flowersBlue balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 4–9) take center stage here. This wonderful perennial is tough, adapts to a wide range of conditions, and produces lots of wonderful blue flowers over a long season in the summer.

pink daylilyA pink daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9) and some hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 3–9) bring lots of summer color on easy-to-grow plants.

Pink daylily and blue balloon flowers make a great team.

Looking down the street at the riot of color from an assortment of perennials. It’s a feast for the eyes, and pollinators will love it too.

I wouldn’t mind drinking in the rich fragrance of those lilies every time I went to get the mail.

One last view of this rich garden (sigh). Who is ready for spring? Send us your favorite photos from spring or summers past so we can fantasize about warmer times together!


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  1. marthaveronesi 11/27/2019

    I loved your garden!!! Congrats!! . Those lilies are amazing!! And that path to the mail box is so cute. Thanks for the sharing.

  2. garden1953 11/27/2019

    Very beautiful garden! I love all the different colors and shapes of the blooms. Thanks for sharing.

  3. btucker9675 11/27/2019

    What a wonderful colorful garden you've made! The pale yellow lilies... the color of really good butter - delicious!

  4. cheryl_c 11/27/2019

    Pam, so glad your confidence rose enough to share these wonderful pictures with us. The balloon flowers are fabulous - and what I really like is the bright golden yellow the foliage turns in October - like a last hurrah! Your lilies are fabulous!

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    simplesue 11/27/2019

    Nothing like a cup of coffee and seeing photos of a beautiful garden! I'm so psyched for spring now, after seeing your garden photos!
    Those Balloon Flowers- wow! I have a couple and hope they fill in like yours!
    Love the way you describe all the fragrance of your garden!
    Thanks for sharing those bright summer photos on this grey day in Pittsburgh!

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    treasuresmom 11/27/2019

    So beautiful! Sure know what you mean by the heavenly scent of Oriental lilies.

  7. nwphillygardener 11/27/2019

    In that photo of the blue Balloon Flower, I also enjoyed seeing the lavender blooms of the taller Culver's Root. They're nice companions - high contrast leaf forms and scale, but harmonizing color.

  8. carolineyoungwilliams 12/03/2019

    Pam, you really did a great job with color combinations, height and texture. This is my kind of garden...I love it. It is making me wish for Spring. Thank you so much for sharing. I must try the blue balloon flower.

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